28th Jun 2024

Ptosis repair or drooping eyelid, how can I restore them to achieve open eyes?

Ptosis, or droopy eyelid can affect both the functioning of the eyes and the appearance.

At Kensington Medical we can effectively repair the ptosis, creating a rejuvenated eye, an opening up of the eyes and in many cases reducing eye strain.

In our blog, we explain what ptosis is, what causes ptosis, the surgical procedures that really work, ptosis recovery and aftercare, the best age for ptosis repair, and why it is a successful and popular procedure.

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis is defined as the drooping of the upper eyelid. It can partially or completely cover the eye. 

Ptosis can lead to obstructed vision and eye strain. For many it is the cosmetic appearance that bothers them.  At Kensington Medical our expert plastic surgeons treat the upper eyelid for both functional and cosmetic reasons. 

Causes of Ptosis

Ptosis can be caused by:

  1. Congenital (present at birth) factors and
  2. Acquired factors.

Congenital ptosis can be due to underdeveloped muscles responsible for lifting the eyelids. 

Acquired ptosis, can be caused by:

  • Age 
  • Genetics 
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nerve damage
  • Eye injury 
  • Certain medical conditions (such as myasthenia gravis)

Ptosis Repair Surgery: What to Expect

Ptosis repair surgery, known as blepharoplasty or eyelid lift surgery, is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the eyelid. It helps to improve both functionality and the appearance of the drooping eye lid. The surgical procedure involves making small incisions to access and adjust the levator muscles that are responsible for lifting the eyelid. Depending on the severity and cause of ptosis, different surgical techniques can be used.

Recovery and Aftercare following Ptosis surgery

Following ptosis repair surgery, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the eye area. At Kensington Medical our Plastic Surgeons and nursing teams will advise on the best aftercare to ensure a speedy recovery. Generally, we advise to avoid strenuous activities and eye strain during the first few weeks. Recovery typically takes two weeks; however, it does depend on each patient and how they follow the recovery advice.

What is the best age for Ptosis Repair?

There is no best age for ptosis repair.  It is popular within the mid 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It usually depends on the severity of the condition and how it impacts the patient’s life. Congenital ptosis repair may be considered earlier in life so it can prevent vision development issues plus possibly to improve the facial symmetry. For acquired ptosis (through age), the timing depends on when the condition becomes noticeable enough to act and if it affects the quality of life.

Why is Ptosis repair popular?

Ptosis repair procedures are popular because it can achieve a more youthful and open eye appearance. The functional benefits of ptosis repair, such as improved vision and reduced eye strain, also make it a popular procedure.

How can we help you take that next step

At Kensington Medical our experienced facial surgeons have carried out hundreds and hundreds of ptosis repair procedures. The best option is to book a consultation. During your consultation your plastic surgeon will discuss what options are available, answer any questions you may have, explain the procedure along with preoperative and post operative care and recovery. They will take the time to show you before and after photos of Ptosis repair. If you have a timeline or special event in mind, they will advise on dates to ensure you look you best for that date. To find out more call us or email us at Info@kensingtonmedical.co.uk.

For further information, see our videos by Mr David Gateley, Plastic surgeon.

To find out about what the journey entails and read about FAQs visit our blepharoplasty page